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Critical Race Theory: Multi-Hemispheric Nature

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Critical Race Theory does not fit neatly, ready to package into a box and dispense to the world, into American culture. Layers and scopes of the theory exist lending to possible misunderstanding. Cultural shifts in America preaching pseudo-theory versions of CRT developed in 2020 create fear. Some of those fears come from a distortion of the truth, while others come from the conservative views of CRT theorists. Yes, even in this Left-leaning theory there're ultra-conservative and ultra-libertarian views!

Those who prefer conserving the current system of government lean to the Left. Those who prefer replacing this system of government lean far to the right! Every theory has a spectrum of beliefs.


What is Critical Race Theory?

Critical Race Theory changes as new information eventuates. CRT comes from the family of Critical Theory, criticism of, and on whatever it focuses. Several camps have opinions of the meaning of CRT but it "is not a diversity and inclusion 'training.'" [1] It does not represent some new way to introduce diversity in American society, "but a practice of interrogating the role of race and racism in society that emerged in the legal academy and spread to other fields of scholarship." [1]

This is not a scholarly attempt to express, defend, or encourage the acceptance of Critical Race Theory. It is an attempt to see where the theory meets the understanding of an average American-loving actively practicing religious Christian, me.

Those who prefer conserving the current system of government lean to the Left. Those who prefer replacing this system of government lean far to the right! Every theory has a spectrum of beliefs.

Defining Critical Race Theory

The ideology that political, social, and scientific structures of white American society must constantly endure the pragmatic sifting of egalitarianism in relation to racial minorities' equality--critiquing and changing American society as a whole, stabbing at the underbelly of Americanism exposing racially aristocratic flaws at the foundations of the United States defines Critical Race Theory.

Any development in white American Society that advances white privileged groups and oppresses minority groups in any form poses antithetical progress for The United States of America in racial equality as it presently exists.

White Privilege Exists

The above definition expressly accuses White people of racial preferentialism, aiding its propagation throughout the Western world while ignoring other cultures as odd, different, or "other." Critical Race Theory exposes this racial preferentialism as white privilege.

White privilege simply means: In America. life turns out better for those who have the right amount of melanin, social class, and /or educational background. One out of the three, or lowercase white, gives individuals a better chance at success in American culture.

White privilege does not mean: Unless someone is White, uppercase white, that person cannot succeed. It might be true that some minorities can not succeed in America because they cannot assimilate into the white, lowercase, culture.

The same is true in Japan or any place with prevalent cultural expectations. In order to succeed in America, people must embrace liberty through free speech and free religion. Critical Race Theory theorists suggest the ideas of free speech, at least, promote lowercase white standards that only benefit lowercase white people. The link below provides a CRT-specific exploration.

  • Critical Race Theory
    If you're offended easily. Skip past this. Not that I make a habit of offending people intentionally, but most readers will not enjoy what I am about to present after studying Critical Race Theory. This is the first in a number of articles to come!

Author's Definition of Race

The lowercase “white” suggests a cultural aspect of the race since within the Critical theories such as CRT, current sociological constructs of race do not exist in science. Only one race exists, the human race.

Lowercase white refers to cultural distinctions that vary within the context of American culture, which describe a complex of societies that fit within the context of social behaviors. Lowercase white equals those who accept American culture as traditionally accepted by most citizens no matter the pigmentation of their skin. The author distinguishes current racial norms from CRT theorists' assertions relating to American Culture.

Uppercase White refers to Americans who mostly have European ancestry, flat hair texture, and lack high melanin in their skin--olive tone the most melaninated. "White," as a race of people, refers to a large and culturally diverse cross-section of the American population. It, however, is an exclusive group.

Uppercase Black distinction refers to those of African heritages in America who identify by description or ancestral linkages. The second-largest racial group in America, Black (African American, Negro, Afro-American, Colored) people overwhelmingly consist of descendants of American slaves enumerated such in the US Constitution; however, American tradition insinuates people with any ancestral connection to an African of high levels of melanin, no matter their pigmentation, suggests Black people can come in all colors, in other words, the human race.

CRT does not provide distinction for lowercase black, though custom dictates “white” and “black” in lowercase form amiable descriptors for races. Differentiation of culture and race helps in this and related articles when referring to White people.

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...cultural insinuation any ancestral connection to an African of high levels of melanin, no matter pigmentation, suggests Black people can come in all colors, in other words, the human race.

The Multi-Hemispheric Nature of Critical Race Theory

The human brain has dual hemispheres operating and regulating different functions of the body. Critical Race Theory, like the human brain, composes a combination of ideas or hemispheres creating what may appear cacophonic because one point suggests separating into parts, another supports another constitutional convention, and another supports unity. The theory consists of differing theorems, hypotheses, and postulates with one common object: Change.


Critical Race Theory Does Not Equal "White Fragility" Per Se...

The idea of "white fragility' exists within the theoretical context of CRT forming the opinion that if white America reflects on its history from the modern perspective of fallibility, cataclysmic consequences await, or the white people think cataclysmic consequences await, or the theorists postulate that white people think cataclysmic consequences await. This opinion leads theorists to conclude that white America will not reevaluate Americanism because it suits the majority of the citizens in the US.

Critical Race Theory Is a Political Movement

CRT suggests a change of political culture resulting in the limitation of free speech to prescribed topics allowed by the central government. Law that defines what freedoms should exist and what limitations must exist supersedes Constitutional enumerations, which CRT asserts come from no deity, but flawed partial human minds.

Also, within the doctrine of CRT resides the responsibility of the state over the rights of the parents to determine what each child should learn about society to ensure that ideologies of racism of any type cannot fester into racist attitudes at the personal level--a guarantee that equality will exist in future America.

The lengths to which subscribers of Critical Race Theory differ vary from person to person just as with any political doctrine. Pure theorists embrace Marxism and the legislated equality of citizens in principle and temporality. Purists also exclude the necessity of religious dogma and/or ciphers that might interfere with the full execution of centralized laws.

Separating Into Parts

CRT supports regressing tribal/racial groups away from individuality. In order for people to identify as Black, the race, they need to be black, the American oppressed group member, first. Ideas exposed by legendary Americans, such as Malcolm X, of Black retrenchment into racial/ethnic districts for support and power instead of integration come to mind.

This idea came first to the idealistic Americans of the early 19th century when the American Colonization Society created the colony by purchase that eventually became Liberia after its first governor declared independence from the US in 1847. Many free Black Americans settled in the colony regardless of the political opposition of both White and Black proponents of immediate emancipation and full voting rights in the country for Black men. Abraham Lincoln supported the colonization of Liberia, though he changed his views resulting in the Emancipation Proclamation when he became president.

Leaders during the Civil Rights Movement called for autonomy of the Black communities so that Black culture and progress could occur creating an independent society rivaling any other ethnicity in America. Harlem occurred, but ended after the new flowering of American culture came under the influence of drugs and thuggery--many believe by the hand of the CIA, an American government agency! That's another topic.

Critical Race Theory has evolved parenting other critical theories. "CRT now finds form as LatCrit, Asian Crit, DisCrit, and Queer Crit, to name a few, and spans academic disciplines ranging from religion and education to international human rights for women and medicine." [2] All of this comes from an adaptation of the critical theory supported by Sigmund Freud and Karl Marx in the early 20th century.


Supports Another Constitutional Convention?

As with other Marxist-themed groups, Critical Race Theory suggest the dismantling of social constructs that oppress the people. Racial equity in its view means removing the things that create what appears to be political ouroboros: The First amendment. A subculture of oppression formed in the United States for Black Americans that generations will experience without proper education, another CRT assertion.

Ouroboros represents either a dragon or serpent with mouth-to-tail signifying eternity or continuity. In most instances, that representation typifies a sacred position, but CRT suggests free speech is not an eternally free doctrine.

Like any other approach, CRT can be misunderstood and misapplied. It has been distorted and attacked. And it continues to change and evolve. The hope in CRT is in its recognition that the same policies, structures, and scholarship that can function to disenfranchise and oppress so many also holds the potential to emancipate and empower many. It provides a lens through which the civil rights lawyer can imagine a more just nation.

— Janel George

The First Amendment guarantees or vouchsafes Americans' explicit rights to "religion, expression, assembly, and the right to petition. It forbids Congress from both promoting one religion over others and also restricting an individual’s religious practices. It guarantees freedom of expression by prohibiting Congress from restricting the press or the rights of individuals to speak freely. It also guarantees the right of citizens to assemble peaceably and to petition their government." [3]

The First Amendment offers recognition of the human rights of Americans to express opinions and beliefs whether socially acceptable or taboo. CRT theorists offer the point that within free speech, lies a cancer of words. White Americans cause harm using racially insensitive words and epitaphs causing psychological harm to minorities. Because oppressed people in American society have no "power" in society, racism, as defined by CRT theorists, cannot exist within ethnicities not directly related to the White racial majority.

Racism, as defined by CRT includes the ability to harm people using words of offense. Proponents of the theory insist

instead of helping to achieve healthy and robust debate, the First Amendment actually serves to preserve the inequities of the status quo; there can be no such thing as an objective or content neutral interpretation in law in general or of the First Amendment in particular; some speech should be viewed in terms of the harm it causes, rather than all speech being valued on the basis of it being speech; and there is no “equality” in “freedom” of speech. [4]

Of course, the above quote screams in the face of the American traditional understanding of free speech. The Constitution is a living document and contract with the US government, a covenant. The original drafters of that document did not presume to know the future. Neither did they ever imagine that pornography one day could fit into free speech! CRT suggests the definition of freedom of speech to change to exclude racist epitaphs.

Though people should not use racist epitaphs under any circumstance, if any change to the definition of free speech occurs, liberty will soon follow. Many citizens do not agree with pornography as a form of free speech, yet producers of that "art" form have it!

CRT is correct that racist speech should not occur, but I support the right of my racist countrymen to use those epitaphs without fear of going to prison! Again, Critical Race Theory, in all of its forms, criticizes Americanism, but never should its criticisms form the basis of legislation to restrict freedoms of US citizens.

Though I agree people should not use racist epitaphs under any circumstance, if any change to the definition of free speech occurs, liberty will soon follow.

Sacridity of Americanism

The US Constitution and the framers of the document describe all human rights as divine rights. The Constitution, the ideas of it, represent the humanistic concept of divine-human agency, a moral heritage to determine the sacredity of life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness. Aside from that humanistic view, the sacred American document presupposes the divine nature of humans as the offspring of God spiritually and temporally, and all humankind siblings, one to another. Judeo-Christo-Islamic theological perspective celebrates the brotherhood of humanity.

Why is the Constitution sacred to Americans and the template for ALL free nations in the world?

It guarantees religious freedom and freedom of speech, twin guarantees in societies where people are legally equal with opportunity under the law to pursue interests.

US history does not cause the nation to fall apart because all the "good guys" did not fit modern ideas of freedom. What it shows is that one dominant culture did not include others because of racial distinction, but tried to change it without changing the whole system.

Ancient Jews felt the same way about their Unified Kingdom under Jehovah, then under Saul, then under David down to Solomon, then a divided kingdom, then the Kingdom of the Tribes of Judah and half-Tribe of Benjamin, and so on and so forth...

The Romans felt they championed the world and would last forever! The empire even made the political move to adopt Christianity to support its efforts to endure, which it has, in a form, through the Holy Roman Catholic Church.

CRT provides evidences against America!

There exist rights the Constitution does not enumerate that citizens of the US violate each day. (What the federal government lacks in Constitutional power goes to the state governments to wield, a topic for another article.) CRT cries for a change! Change must come for peace to rule in society. What type of change, though?

Supporting References

  • A Lesson on Critical Race Theory [1]
    Coined by legal scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw, Critical Race Theory is the practice of interrogating race and racism in society that emerged in the legal academy and spread to other fields of scholarship.
  • GREENE, L. S. (2021). Critical Race Theory: Origins, Permutations, and Current Queries. Wisconsin Law Review, 2021(2), 259–268 [2]

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2021 Rodric Anthony Johnson


Rodric Anthony Johnson (author) from Surprise, Arizona on August 11, 2021:

Pamela, CRT isn't supposed to fix anything. It is supposed to be simply a theory that points out what is wrong with American culture as it relates to race. We are supposed to fix it ourselves. I could be wrong. The more I study, the more I see CRT is made of more than just Critical Theory. Maybe the solutions theorists provide are supposed to exist. I do not agree with forcing people to change. When has that ever worked?

Schools need to avoid teaching minorities we are victims. I went to an all-Black elementary school for a few years. My teachers taught us to be exceptional and not be what White people thought we would turn out to be, thugs. Many of us grew up to become thugs despite the teachers' efforts.

One teacher took a personal interest in my education and made sure I did not end up a negative statistic, Mrs. Rivers. She pushed me to be my best self. Luckily I moved to sleepy Nashville, Georgia, to aid the process. We, as Americans, need to help each other and be willing to receive help. God bless Mrs. Rivers for her kindness.

Rodric Anthony Johnson (author) from Surprise, Arizona on August 11, 2021:

CRT does help us question our values as a nation. I am not for issues being forced upon Americans but for having each of us having an opportunity to explore the issues if we want to and deciding how we will respond. I mean what I wrote in the article about defending a racist person's right to say racist things. White people are not the only ones who can be racist. I have met my fair share of racists from differing cultures and ethnicities. We can all benefit from being a little kinder, and a little more patient.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on August 11, 2021:

I always look forward to the comments on articles like this one. I'm too early to see many, so I'll have to return. I have no problem with CRT. Anything that forces people to question the status quo and actually use their brains is fine by me. Honestly, I'm mildly surprised that so many people are against it, but only mildly. This is the U.S., and change is not received with open arms.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on August 11, 2021:

This is such an interesting article, and so intense I think I need to read it again. I really appreciate all the work you have done to write such an article, Rodric. I agree with your views.

I certainly do not think black people have always been treated fairly, but I don't think CRT fixes that. I hear of oriental people being treated badly due to the virus, and while that is awful, CRT doesn't fix that either.

I do not want CRT to be taught in schools. Parents are fighting against teaching CRT in schools.

I look forward to your next article. I have been trying to understand CRT, and you have certainly helped, Rodric.

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